Classic grilled cheese sandwich gone deliciously rogue. Melty Cheddar and Havarti overflowing from toasty, garlic-butter-grilled, Naan bread. Oh me-o, my-o!
Ponder, ponder, what to make.......hmmmm.......
Then I remembered seeing Naan grilled cheese on one of my fave food blogs, Half Baked Harvest. Quick as I wink I checked it out and then dove into my own version.
You should have seen the silly smile on my face, as I tootled about, preparing. And right away, I started singing, "I Got you Babe,". I don't even know why I told you that, other than to give you the mood, the vibe, in my kitchen as I threw this together. Feels good, doesn't it?
So wham bam, a bit of garlic butter, riddled with chives, was done in no time. Grated some Cheddar and Havarti. (Some cheeses love each other.) Hot (spicy) honey, ready to drizzle. And, of course, it wouldn't be grilled cheese, for Forest Grump, without ketchup.
Just moments later I was gently plopping a couple of Garlic Butter Naan Grilled Cheese sandwiches onto the cutting board.
In the blink of an eye, photos were taken and we were partakin'.......Crispy, almost crunchy grilled naan bread, touting a fine garlic blast, with some sublime, sticky sweet heat, from the hot honey, giving way to ooey, gooey, cheesy, goodness. Boom-shaka-laka!
Next time I make these, I think I might just have to concoct some homemade tomato soup, for dipping. Yeah, kicked up comfort, baby!
Okay, so, I must mention my 'Hot Honey' addiction. Hot, being spicy. If I don't have any of Mike's Hot Honey or the farm honey I get in Kona, from the Farmers Market, that's laced with chili peppers, I just make my own. Any liquid honey takes well to a sprinkle or a teaspoon of dried red chile flakes. Then, just let the honey and the chiles get to know each other, right there, in the cupboard.
Garlic Butter Naan Grilled Cheese ~ Makes 2 sandwiches
Just in case you want to make your own Naan, here's my recipe.
3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 plump garlic clove, minced
1 scant teaspoon dried chives, or fresh!
2 pieces naan, homemade, or store-bought
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded havarti
Hot honey, or ketchup, for serving
In a small bowl, mix together butter, garlic and chives.
Slather one side, of each naan, with garlic butter. Flip the naan over, and layer the cheeses, over one half of each naan. Fold the other half of the naan over the cheese, like a taco.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Carefully place the naan, buttered sides out, in the skillet, one at a time, and cook until toasty golden, on both sides, and cheeses are all melty, about 3-5 minutes, per side. Serve drizzle with hot honey, yummy old plain runny honey, or ketchup. Enjoy!
"Too few people understand a really good sandwich."
~ James Beard